138 x 216mm


34 pages


£6.00 + P&P UK


ISBN 978-1-912876-43-3


PUB: 11/01/2021










Notes on the Causes of

The Third World War


J C Dunne


Terry Quinn




In the aftermath of a third world war the historian J C Dunne realizes that he can no longer use traditional academic disciplines to explain how the war came about. In his search for answers he reflects on his own life to trace those underlying trends that led to the world breaking down. 'Notes' is a blend of Quinn's own research and imagination in a compelling read; prescient and disturbingly plausible.












Terry Quinn is a retired NHS Medical Engineer. His previous poetry collections are ‘away’ (Poetry Monthly Press), ‘The Amen of Knowledge’ ( Indigo Dreams Publishing ) which won the 2012 Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize and ‘To Have to Follow’ (IDP) a collaboration with Julie Maclean.


His poems have been published widely in UK magazines, anthologies, broadcast and displayed on a Guernsey bus.


He is actively involved with Damson Poets and Preston Poets and will watch football anywhere.



I am an historian,

I like facts,

I like reasons

backed by evidence

for the actions

or inactions

of humans in reaction

to whatever events

are being studied.


Which is splendidly objective

but completely ignores

that I have been affected,

I have seen history,

been part of it.


I am a winner

that has lost

like all of us here

so if I let slip a hint of bias

then that is my fault alone.






In the immediate aftermath

of any armed conflict

there is an understandable rush

to put into place words and images

in an often confusing period.


Even I was guilty of succumbing twice

to the lure of a guaranteed headline

and a hefty addition

to an academic’s bank balance.


But enough time has passed

and, more importantly,

papers and minutes have been released,

one way or another,

that now gives an opportunity

for a formal objective study,

not of the war itself

that will come later

and requires far more space

than this brief pamphlet


but in the meantime I feel

that there is a need to examine

some of the elements of that period prior

to when the world broke down.



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